WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award

WOW Award logo 2019.

The WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award recognizes outstanding efforts by member institutions and organizations in applying an innovative, technology-based solution to a challenging educational need. Look across your campus or organization for successful and innovative works that meet WOW criteria. Works nominated for WOW award should...

  • address a significant need or problem in higher education.
  • incorporate creative and/or innovative uses of technology or resources.
  • demonstrate a positive impact towards addressing need.
  • represent a significant contribution to the field of technology-enhanced postsecondary education.
  • can be adapted or used as a model for others.

Announcing the 2019 WOW Award Winners

WCET is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 WCET Outstanding Work awards: the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s OER Council, Granite State College, and Rio Salado College.


WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award

WCET members are on the cutting edge in using educational technology tools and practices. WCET’s Outstanding Work (WOW) Award recognizes outstanding efforts by member institutions and organizations in applying an innovative, technology-based solution to a challenging educational need. 

The award recognizes member achievements and publicizes their accomplishments.  

Eligibility

WCET members (institutions, organizations, or corporations) in good standing are eligible to be nominated for a WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award. Look across your campus or organization for successful and innovative works that meet the WCET Outstanding Work criteria. Encourage your colleagues to submit a nomination. Members may nominate their own work for the award.

Institutions or organizations that received the WCET Outstanding Work award in 2018 are not eligible to submit a nomination this year, but they will again be eligible next year. A work nominated last year that did not receive the WCET Outstanding Work award may be updated and resubmitted using the 2019 criteria. See below for a list of all previous WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award recipients.

Eligible works include use of technologies in:

  • classroom instruction or in support services that assist students and faculty in meeting their goals, or
  • serving students who are on-campus or at a distance, or
  • settings that serve many institutions, many students.

Award Criteria

The WCET Outstanding Work award recognizes outstanding efforts by member institutions and organizations in applying an innovative, technology-based solution to a challenging educational need. Well-written nominations that directly address each criterion are encouraged for this competitive award. 

  1. What is the educational need or problem being addressed?
    • 300-word limit suggested. 5 points.
  2. What is the goal of the nominated work relative to the need or problem addressed in item #1?
    • 250-word limit suggested. 3 points.
  3. How has the work made a positive impact in addressing the need? Include the measurable outcomes and state why these are significant. If it is too early to measure the impact, what are the metrics of “success” and the intended measurements?
    • 300-word limit suggested. 5 points.
  4. What is creative and/or innovative in the way that technology, personnel or other resources are used in this work?   
    • 250-word limit suggested. 3 points.
  5. How will the nominated work be sustained (e.g. long-term planning around your initiative to address staff, financial, and other resource needs?
    • 250-word limit suggested. 3 points.
  6. Why is this work an important and/or significant contribution to the field of technology-enhanced teaching and learning in higher education?
    • 300-word limit. 5 points.
  7. Is it a model or approach that could be workable for others to address a similar need or problem?  Provide some “lessons learned” that would help others as they consider adapting your approach for their own institution/organization.
    • 300-word limit suggested. 5 points.
  8. Relative to the nominated work, what are you most proud of?  
    • The committee is interested in your response; however, no points are assigned to this item.
    • 250-word limit suggested.

If applicable, please provide any website URLs related to your nominated work. If this site is password protected, please provide a password the committee can use only for purposes of reviewing your nomination.

Submission Instructions

Download and complete the 2019 nomination form. Completed nominations should be submitted as PDFs.

Nomination materials must be received by Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by 5:00 pm Mountain Time.

Submit your nominations as a PDF email attachment to the WCET Awards team at wcetawards@wiche.edu with the subject line "WOW Award Submission." You will receive a confirmation email for each submission as it is received by WCET.

Awardee Selection

The WOW Awards Committee, comprised of WCET member volunteers, will review all nominations and will select the recipients. The WCET Outstanding Work Awards Committee may grant a maximum of five awards and reserves the right to grant fewer than five awards.

Awardee Recognition

Recipients of the 2019 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award will:

  • Be recognized in a WCET press release.
  • Be recognized at the 2019 WCET Annual Meeting, to be held November 5 - 7, 2019, in Denver, CO.  Recognition includes an award presentation during an Awards luncheon, including the presentation of a short video about their project originated by the award recipient. Those being recognized must pay Annual Meeting registration fees.
  • Be allowed to display the WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award logo on their website and printed materials indicating that they have been awarded the 2019 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award.
  • Be invited to partner with WCET to share information on the work in various ways, such as write a guest blog to WCET’s Frontiers, conducting a follow-up video or audio interview, etc.

Questions

Contact Mollie McGill, 303-541-0306 or mmcgill@wiche.edu if you have questions about the process of nominating or the status of nominations, or the suitability of a potential nomination.


List of Previous WOW Recipients